July 25th, 2011
10:21 AM ET

Strauss-Kahn accuser: 'I want justice'

The woman accusing former International Monetary Fund Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her insisted she's "telling the truth from my heart," in an interview broadcast Monday.

"I want justice. I want him to go to jail," Nafissatou Diallo told ABC. "I want him to know you cannot use your power when you do something like this."

The 32-year-old hotel maid, whose credibility has been called into question by prosecutors and Strauss-Kahn's lawyers, said she was terrified when she found out how powerful Strauss-Kahn was.

When she saw news reports explaining that the man she was accusing was a leading candidate for the French presidency, "I said, 'Oh, my God.' I was crying. I said, 'They're going to kill me, I'm going to die.'" That's because in her native Guinea, West Africa, accusing "a powerful man like that" would put her life in danger, she said.

Diallo's choice to go public with her accusations in the middle of a pending criminal investigation is extremely unusual. She spoke with both ABC and Newsweek magazine.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I haven't believed her since this story first appeared in the news.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. claus

    Me neither. Not at all. They say she was also working as a c@ll girl at the hotel.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT

    she wants justice... and money..

    July 25, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. deb

    She wants money. And lots of it. She saw a rich white foreign guy and thought that was her ticket to wealth.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. tom clansie

    plus she may work for some govt agency.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. norbert

    He didn't pay her?

    Nothing like a fat old dude to make a woman in her early 30s go wild.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    He could have had any call girl in town, or many of them together.
    Why her?

    July 25, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. RUFFNUTT

    @joey... the problem is he didn't pay for services rendered...

    July 25, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jazzzzzzz

    did't want this, please answear... I cant deal with this at work.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Brian

    Money? Some of you are idiots. He's done this before- so all his accusers are money grubbing liars?

    July 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ RUFFNUTT:
    Well, you have to pay–of course, I wouldn't do anything like that, but I know that you have to pay.
    That's it. A fast cheapie, so she got the job.

    July 25, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Now it all makes sense.

    July 25, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RUFFNUTT

    he "STIFFED" her... that's why she is mad..

    July 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Figures.
    Maybe the judge should advise him to pay up.

    July 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Does she have change for a dollar?

    July 25, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
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